Prunus myrtifolia

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 

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West Indian Cherry


Plant Specifics

Size:25-35 (50) ft
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Brownish-orange
Phenology:Evergreen. Blooms fall-winter.
Habitats:Tropical rockland hammock, pine rockland.


Recommended Uses:Specimen tree, edge plant, or part of a clump of trees.
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil/Substrate:Humus (organic, upland), Lime rock



Primarily dispersed by birds but other animals also eat the fruit.

Pollinated by bees.